Nutrient management update and plot tour to feature cutting edge research

The MSU Nutrient Management Plot Tour on Sept. 10 will highlight applied agronomic research designed to address issues facing the Michigan field crops industry, including price volatility, climate change, soil health and environmental sustainability.

The date for Michigan State University Extension’s annual Nutrient Management Plot Tour is fast approaching and online registration is now open. Preparations are underway to host this event at the MSU Plant Pathology Research Farm, 3735 North College Road, Lansing, MI 48910 on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (see map).

The event will highlight the MSU field crops nutrient management applied research program of MSU Extension soil scientist Kurt Steinke. After the initial introductions and overview, participants will be escorted in wagons to view several field research projects with group discussions and question and answer sessions throughout the day. Topics include nitrogen inhibitors in agriculture, starter and pop-up fertilizer planter applications and adjustments, soil health and microbial activity, fall cover crops, 4R nutrient stewardship practices, and wheat experiences from 2014 (see tentative agenda). The scope and complexity of this research program is based on production issues confronting the Michigan field crops industry including price volatility, climate change, soil health and environmental sustainability.

We will also have an opportunity to discuss proactive and voluntary programs available to Michigan farmers to potentially avoid risk situations such as the recent events occurring near Lake Erie. There has been a lot of misinformation in the media regarding the role of farming practices.

This program is intended for farmers, crop consultants, educators, retail industry, researchers, federal and state officials and Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) professionals. This event will promote a closer interaction and cooperation between MSU researchers, farmers and the fertilizer industry.

Participants will receive five CCA credits, three MDARD credits and one MAEAP phase l credit.

Go to the Nutrient Management Plot Tour event webpage to view the program brochure and to register online or by mail. If you have questions, please contact George Silva at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 517-543-4467. 

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